Finally, it's here, in all its glorious misery! This collector's gift set features all 13 of Lemony Snicket's world famous A Series of Unfortunate Events, from the very first moment when we meet the woeful Baudelaire siblings to the unfolding of their luckless lives. Written by a hugely talented author and bursting with dark and wicked humour that appeals to fans of Roald Dahl, this incredibly successful series has captured the imagination of children the world over. The gothic fiction series is the ideal collection set for children aged 8+.
This best-selling series was turned into the hit film 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' starring Jim Carrey in 2004.
Titles in this series:
1. The Bad Beginning
In the Bad Beginning the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune and cold porridge for breakfast. Then again why trouble yourself with unfortunate resolutions?
2. The Reptile Room
In The Reptile Room the siblings endure a car accident, a terrible smell, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a brass reading lamp, and the re-appearance of a person they'd hoped to never see again.
3. The Wide Window
In The Wide Widow we encounter a story that includes a hurricane, a signalling device, hungry leaches, cold cucumber soup, a horrible villain and a doll named Pretty Penny.
4. The Miserable Mill
There are many pleasant things to read about, but The Miserable Mill contains none of them. Within its pages one will find a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident and coupons.
5. The Austere Academy
Within the chapters of The Austere Academy the children face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E. and the metric system.
6. The Ersatz Elevator
The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth instalment in A Series of Unfortunate Events in which Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire encounter a darkened staircase, a red herring, friends in a dire situation, three mysterious initials, a liar with an evil scheme, a secret passageway and parsley soda.
7. The Vile Village
Within the chapters of The Vile Village Violet, Klaus and Sunny face such unpleasant matters as migrating crows, an angry mob, a newspaper headline, the arrest of innocent people, the Deluxe cell, and some very strange hats.
8. The Hostile Hospital
There are many pleasant things to read about, the The Hostile Hospital contains none of them. Within its pages are such burdensome details as a suspicious shopkeeper, unnecessary surgery, heartshaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Clearly you do not want to read about such things.
9. The Carnivorous Carnival
The Carnivorous Carnival contains such a distressing story that consuming any of its contents would be far more stomach-churning than even the most imbalanced meal. To avoid causing discomfort, it would be best if I didn't mention any of the ingredients of this story, particularly a confusing map, an ambidextrous person, an unruly crown, a wooden plank and Chabo the Wolf Baby. Your time might be filled with something more palatable such as eating your vegetables or feeding them to someone else.
10. The Slippery Slope
Like handshakes, house pets or raw carrots, many things are preferable when not slippery. Unfortunately the Baudelaires run into more than their fair share of slipperiness during the harrowing journey up and down a range of strange and distressing mountains in The Slippery Slope. In order to spare you repulsion it is best not to mention any more regarding a secret message, a toboggan, a deceitful trap, a swarm of snow gnats and a scheming villain.
11. The Grim Grotto
Unless you are a slug, a sea anemone or mildew you probably prefer not to be damp. But unfortunately the Baudelaires encounter an unpleasant amount of dampness as they descend into the depths of watery in The Grim Grotto. You may wish to delve into some happier book in order to keep your eyes and your spirits from being moistened.
12. The Penultimate Peril
Sadly this books presents the next-to-last chronicle of the lives of the Boudelaire orphans, and it is next-to-first is its supply of misery, despair and unpleasantness. Probably the next-to-last things you would like to read about are a harpoon gun, a rooftop sunbathing salon, two mysterious initials, three unidentified triplets, a notorious villain and an unsavoury curry.
13. The End
The End is the last in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and even if you braves the previous twelve volumes, you probably can't stand such unpleasantries as a fearsome storm, a suspicious beverage, a herd of wild sheep, an enormous bird cage, and a truly haunting secret about the Baudelaire parents.